Alaya Dawn Johnson is the author of The Summer Prince, her YA debut, from Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic (2013). Her previous novels include Moonshine (2010) and Wicked City (2012), historical urban fantasies from Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's. The first two volumes of the YA-friendly trilogy The Spirit Binders for Agate Bolden are Racing the Dark (2007) and The Burning City (2010). She has also written two middle-grade adventures for Lerner/Graphic Universe, The Goblin King (2009) and Detective Frankenstein (2011).

Her first two published stories were chosen for Hartwell and Cramer Year's Best anthologies: Carl Brandon Parallax finalist "Shard of Glass" in Year's Best Fantasy 6 and "Third Day Lights" in Year's Best SF 11. Her most recent short story, "They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass", appeared in the January 2013 issue of Asimov's. "Love Will Tear us Apart", originally in Zombies vs. Unicorns (Black and Larbalestier, eds.) is in Wilde Stories: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction 2011 (Berman, ed.). Other short fiction has appeared in Creatures (Tremblay and Langan, eds.), Welcome to Bordertown (Black and Kushner, eds.), Strange Horizons, Subterranean, Interzone, and Tor.com.

She lives in New York City, where she eats vegetarian Indian food and haunts coffee shops with her writing group, Altered Fluid.